Experience fascinating collage work by visual artist Harold Nelson at a reception in the Peninsula College PUB Gallery of Art, November 8, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. In addition to introducing the artist, the event will kick off a month-long solo exhibition of his work, entitled Paper Cuts, which will be showcased in the Gallery, located in the Pirate Union Building.
“My chosen medium is collage – I recycle magazine paper into art,” Nelson said. “I have been an image addict all my life; intense visual curiosity seems to be in my genes.”
Nelson was born in the upper Midwest in the middle of the twentieth century. His family moved to California in the mid-1950s and he lived in suburban Sacramento and Redlands from early grade school until he moved to the Washington DC area in 1989. There he worked in federal bureaucracy for most of his adult life. He started doing art and photography as an antidote to “life in the cubicles” and spent much of his free time in DC in the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art and various other museums and galleries.
He describes his creative process as slow, intuitive, and improvisational. Using bits of paper, he tries to create new images that sometimes even he cannot even conceive of at the outset.
“The challenge of each collage is to assemble the elements into a cohesive piece and, since vibrant color is very important to me, making sure the colors are balanced and harmonious,” he said. “I let each piece happen and use whatever mix of the abstract and figurative that will lead to the best outcome.”
Nelson said his pieces are meant to be looked at from a distance as well as from close up and provide different visual rewards from varying perspectives. He also tries to pack the pieces with enough visual interest that they will be able to be enjoyed on multiple levels over extended periods of time.
In 2005 he “escaped” his day job and moved with his wife Patti to Port Townsend where he said he intends to hang out with her and their dogs and make art for the rest of his time on earth.
The event, and gallery display, are free and open to the public.
For more information contact Michael Paul Miller at 360-417-6476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.